Q&A: SAMe or St. John’s Wort?

Q.   A friend of mine just tried SAMe for depression and is having a very positive experience with it in a very short time. Can you tell me why in The Triple Whammy Cure you emphasize St. John’s Wort as a natural antidepressant instead?

A. As part of my response to this excellent question, I’m going to devote a future health tip to a more comprehensive review of  SAMe, which I do like as a safe and effective antidepressant. In the book I emphasize St. John’s wort for several reasons:

  • St. John’s wort has more published clinical studies than SAMe, a relative newcomer on the scene.
  • There’s a cost factor. SAMe is simply more expensive than St. John’s wort.
  • Finally, dosing is mildly inconvenient with SAMe. You must take it on an empty stomach, either one hour before eating or two hours after. As a major proponent of keeping things simple, I like the easier scheduling with St. John’s wort.

With that said, St. John’s wort doesn’t work for everyone. If you’re among this group and you’re reluctant to move to a prescription antidepressant, or you simply want to try a faster-acting natural antidepressant, SAMe might be just the ticket. Read more about it by clicking here.

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Stress Reduction for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 10th (6:30 – 8:30 pm) or Sunday, December 14th (12:00 – 2:00 pm) at Whole HealthChicago, 2522 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL.

The Holiday Season can mean time spent with family and friends, work parties, social gatherings, and the closing of a year. Joyous occasions can also be stressful as to-do lists are longer and anticipation is greater. The closing of the year brings many deadlines, either professional ones that must be met, or personal goals to close the year. For others, the joy of the holidays is overshadowed by a feeling of loneliness, or the loss of a loved one.

Stress Reduction for the Holidays at WholeHealth Chicago will address anxiety and stress that manifest uniquely in each person. Mindfulness and meditation will be used to acknowledge the mental or emotional stress of the holidays, and reestablish a sense of gratitude, contentment from within, and a vision of yourself closing out the year. Gentle movements and breathing techniques will be used to see where we hold tension and stress in the body, and discover how we can open and unlock healing energy.

Pre-registration and payment upon registration is required, as space is limited. To register, call (773) 296-6700.  Price- $30

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